The Journal News: Sisters host walk after mom’s stroke | LoHud.com

Two College of Health Professions alumni, both nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco, were featured in The Journal News for organizing an annual fundraising walk in Somers to benefit stroke victims. (Left: Sisters Lisa Mitchell, left, and Valerie Goodwin, right, are seen with their mother, Annie Mitchell, at her home in Somers. Annie survived a stroke in 2009, which prompted her daughters to organize a walk in Somers. / Xavier Mascareñas/The Journal News).

Two College of Health Professions alumni, both nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco, were featured in The Journal News for organizing an annual fundraising walk in Somers to benefit stroke victims.

Families traditionally come together to celebrate their mothers today, but at the Mitchells’ house it is a particularly special day.

Annie Mitchell suffered what could have been a debilitating stroke in August 2009 when she was just 52. She and her two daughters, Lisa Mitchell and Valerie Goodwin, have gained a deeper appreciation for each other and stronger mother-daughter-sister bonds that they have turned into positive action for the larger Somers community.

“I was lucky. I am lucky,” Annie Mitchell said sitting at her kitchen table flanked by her two daughters, clearly showing that she means she has good fortune because of her adoring daughters and her stroke recovery.

Thursday the women were laughing, hugging and sharing smiles as they planned a casual Mother’s Day gathering with lots of family. Next Sunday there will be a community event to raise stroke awareness and and generate much-needed money for support and research.

Two summers ago Annie Mitchell woke up at 5 a.m. to her alarm clock but found she could not lift her arm to turn it off.

“She had no use of her left arm. When she went to get out of bed, she felt dizzy and was off balance,” said Lisa Mitchell, 24. Her mother woke up Gary, her husband of 33 years, and they both became aware of other symptoms as she tried to tell him how odd she was suddenly feeling.

“I heard my voice was slurring,” said the mother, a secretary at Lincoln Hall of her strange sensations when she awoke. “And I just didn’t feel right.”

“She never gets sick and is very active walking 2 to 3 miles almost every day and going to the gym,” said Goodwin, 29, who is married and lives nearby.

Both daughters graduated from Somers High School and Pace University School of Nursing. They are registered nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco and got their mom to their hospital for quick treatment.

Her stroke was caused by a blood clot. After weeks of speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy, Mitchell has 95 percent recovered.

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